Uzbekistan is blessed with amazing architecture. Its ancient cities are awash with stunning turquoise domed mosques and towering minarets. The many fine museums display the incredible history from the days of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to its more recent history with the former Soviet Union.
In Tashkent we ride the metro, visit the Museum of Applied Arts and explore Chorsu Bazaar. The following day we catch the train to Samarkand where we discover its most celebrated sights. Highlights include the wonderful Shah-I-Zinda complex and the fabulous Registan. We also make a side trip to World Heritage-listed Shahrisabz and explore the nearby villages of Urgut and Konigil.
Alongside Samarkand, Bukhara is one of the great cities of central Asia and here we have plenty of time to see its many sights and make our own discoveries. We then travel across the desert steppe to Khiva, once a slave-trading Khanate. Khiva is the most intact and homogeneous of our three ancient cities. We enjoy some stunning vernacular architecture, exploring mosques, madrasas and mausoleums.
Northeast of Khiva we spend a night in a traditional yurt camp giving us a glimpse into central Asian nomadic life. Next day we continue to the remote town of Nukus which boasts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant garde art. We return to Tashkent for our final night
DAYS 1 & 2 – Tashkent, DAY 3 – Samarkand, DAY 4 – Urgut-Konigil-Samarkand , DAY 5 – Shahrisabz-Samarkand, DAYS 6-8 – Bukhara, DAYS 9 & 10 – Khiva, DAY 11 – Ayaz Kala, DAY 12 – Nukus & Tashkent, DAY 13 – End Tashkent.
Cost: USD $3050
Single Supplement: USD $685